Category: Insects

How Yellow Jacket Wasps Affect Honey Bees

In a beehive, yellow jacket wasps eat honey and destroy honeycomb, kill adult bees, eat honey bee eggs and chew up honey bee brood to feed to their larvae. Beekeepers have reported yellow jackets even killing the queen bee in a honey bee colony. It is not clear if the yellow jackets can identify... more
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House Spider – Habits and Habitat

The common house spider randomly selects its web sites and creates a tangled web. If a web does not yield prey (food) it is abandoned, another site is selected, and a new web built. Eventually, successful webs are constructed where air currents bring in prey. House spiders have a difficult time... more
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Which is worse, a hornet or a wasp?

The debate between hornets vs. wasps and which one is worse has been a hot issue for many nature experts and enthusiasts. Some beekeepers argue that both are bad for their bee colonies because they prey on bees and larvae. Not to mention, hornets vs. wasps stings are painful to deal with if you... more
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What Yellow jackets eat?

Like many other flying insects, adult Yellow jackets feed on sugary substances such as flower nectar, fruit, and the occasional soda when they find an open can. What makes Yellow jackets unique is that they consume protein in their larval stage. Workers bring insects and other types of meat back to... more
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Don’t Bring Home Bed Bugs This Summer

Bed bugs are the summer vacation souvenir that none of us want to bring home. But picking them up is a risk when you’re sleeping anywhere outside your home. Bed bugs spread by hitching a ride on luggage, clothing and infested furniture or bedding, and they’re small enough that you can carry... more
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Yellow jacket Habitats

Yellow jackets are found worldwide, and there are about 16 species that reside in the U.S. They are social insects that have annual colonies; only the queen lives through winter to start a new colony in the spring. Depending on the species, the queen will pick either an underground or aerial site... more
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What is a cockroach allergy?

Just like cats, dogs, or pollen, cockroaches can cause allergies. Enzymes in proteins found in cockroaches are thought to cause allergic reactions in humans. These proteins are found in the saliva and excrement of cockroaches. They can easily spread through homes, much like dust. Statistics... more
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Appearance of Yellow Jackets

Not surprisingly, yellow jackets get their common name from their typical black and yellow color pattern banded across their abdomens. They are primarily flying insects, similar to bees, but are more noticeably segmented with a very small ‘waist.’ While most species are yellow and black, some... more
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Do carpenter ants bite?

Carpenter ants can bite you, but it’s not common. They will likely do it in self-defense. These bites aren’t dangerous to your health. Carpenter ant bite symptoms Carpenter ant bites aren’t serious and don’t appear as a distinct bug bite or sting. You may notice a bite if you’ve... more
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Are houseflies harmful?

In many cases, housefly infestations are often just a nuisance. However, houseflies can also carry viruses and bacteria that can spread when they bite. Diseases house flies might carry include: food poisoning cholera coli typhoid fever dysentery tuberculosis eye infections ... more
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